Holiday Market gift cards

These Holiday Market gift cards were among the $180,000 distributed to 720 Trinity County families in need.

An allotment of about $180,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funding put a welcome amount of food on local tables and some money back into the local economy. Jeff England, director of the Trinity County Food Bank, said the funding came from the state and totaled about $180,000 after expenses. He said that while Food Bank staff could have divided the amount into $100 portions, they instead decided to divide the amount by the number of clients the food bank typically serves.

“Each family received a $250 gift card or gift certificate from Holiday Market, Moutain Marketplace, Wiley’s Market, Hayfork Discount, Ray’s Foods or Winco Foods depending on where they live,” England said. “A total of 720 families received them in the month of February.”

England noted that the cards cannot be used to buy alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets, and will not allow cash back.

He said the response has been fantastic and the store managers were happy to assist.

“We even had someone bring a card back,” England said, noting that a single man insisted that his card be given to a family in need.

According to its website, the food bank distributes food and commodities to low-income families in the area. “We are a nonprofit organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place,” it states.

If you would like to donate to the Trinity County Food Bank go to www.trinity countyfoodbank.org or send check or money order to P.O. Box 1123, Weaverville ,CA 96093.

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